The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA) are collaborating to co-lead the THRIVE initiative to bring high-value impact & benefit to our community citizens, and other regional organizations and institutions. Due to the unique work and transformative nature of our mission, and the full engagement of sectors for support, THRIVE has caught the attention of national and state thought leaders, and established foundations as we build our region into one of health excellence and sustained economic growth.


The THRIVE Steering Team provides the mechanism to bring organizations together to offer support, track progress, and provide collective ownership of the regional portfolio. Membership is defined as follows: the GLBRA CEO and Board chair; the MiHIA CEO and Board chair; three members from each Board of Directors of both GLBRA and MiHIA, and regional healthcare systems executive leaders.

Existing support staff from both the GLBRA and MiHIA as well as volunteers continue to provide vital support to the progress of THRIVE. The implementation of the THRIVE portfolio will include the extensive involvement of community organizations. Many items in the portfolio have natural homes and existing leadership in these community organizations.

The three-year capacity funding raised from the community stakeholders has allowed essential core staff and resources to be secured for THRIVE including a Portfolio Director, Chief Health Officer, Chief Economic Officer, Executive Administrator, grant writers, measurement and evaluation partners, and various specialty consultants.

Dr. Cathy Baase
MiHIA Board Chair
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance 

Dr. Barbara Bates
Medical Center Director
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center 

Jim Borin
MiHIA Board of Directors 

Dr. Brenda Coughlin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers 

Dr. Stephanie Duggan
Regional President, Northern Ministries
Ascension Health

Matt Felan
President & CEO
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA)

Heather Gallegos
Community Relations Manager
The Dow Chemical Company

Dr. George Kikano
Dean, College of Medicine
Central Michigan University

Lisa Lapham
President & CEO
HealthSource Saginaw

Sandy Lindsey
Saginaw County CMH Authority

Diane Postler-Slattery, PhD
President & CEO
MidMichigan Health

Beth Roszatycki
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance 

Clarence Sevillian
President & CEO
McLaren Bay Region

Dr. Samuel Shaheen
Executive Director
CMU Medical Education Partners

Larry Sims
President / CEO
United Way of Saginaw County

Joel Strasz
Health Officer
Bay County Health Department

Ellen Talbott
Vice President of Patient Care Services/CNO
McLaren Bay Region


Working teams were directed to focus on one of the five strategic areas in order to submit final portfolio recommendations. Submissions were specific actions to make the greatest impact in one area of the ecosystem, were based upon the utilization of data and national expertise and evidence, gaining insight from local leadership, incorporating on-going priorities and current work.

Interventions in the Portfolio were reviewed against criteria to ensure strategy alignment, implementation feasibility and cost effectiveness.  The combined portfolio (All THRIVE) of all five strategic areas was then run through a simulation model and analytics in order to project impact and expected outcomes on numerous metrics over a twenty year horizon.   



Beth Roszatycki

Beth Roszatycki

Chief Executive Officer - MiHIA

Beth Roszatycki is the Chief Executive Officer of Michigan Health Improvement Alliance Inc. (MiHIA), a formal, multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region of central Michigan. She joins MiHIA from Bay Arenac Behavioral Health where she served as the Administrative Services Supervisor. During her tenure at Bay Arenac Behavioral Health, she lead a variety of performance improvement projects, provided management and oversight of all agency accreditations, developed and implemented policy and procedures, completed compliance reviews, worked extensively with providers through the contract development process, and most recently was the agency project manager for an electronic health record implementation.

Prior to her role with Bay Arenac Behavioral Health Roszatycki was the Clinic Services Area Manager for a behavioral health care provider in central and southeast Michigan. While there she took an active role in program development, budget management, as well as the ongoing oversight of 6 clinical programs serving over 2,000 individuals throughout Genesee and Macomb County. In addition, for the past 6 years Roszatycki has been an adjunct faculty member at Delta College, instructing a variety of courses within the Business and Information Technology division.

Ms. Roszatycki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandise Management/Retailing from Michigan State University and Masters of Business Administration degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

Matt Felan

Matt Felan

President & CEO - Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

Matthew Felan is the President & CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. Prior to joining the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Felan served as the Director of the McLaren Bay Medical Foundation from 2013-2014 and as the Chief Development Officer at Special Olympics Michigan from 2011-2012.Matt worked as a political fundraiser for over a decade, spending extensive time in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. Felan was the National Deputy Finance Director for Senator Hillary Clinton (2006-2008) and Finance Director/ PAC Director for Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (2004-2009).  Matt is a native of the Great Lakes Bay Region. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University. Matt is married to his wife Janelle who works in Global Human Resources at the Dow Chemical Company. Matt and Janelle have two children, Noah and Alexandra. Felan serves on the Boards of the Great Lakes Bay Economic Club, and the Great Lakes Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Dr. Sasha Savage

Dr. Sasha Savage

Chief Health Officer

Sasha Savage, M.D. is the Chief Health Officer for THRIVE. Dr. Savage’s role is focused on the health and well-being aspects of the THRIVE Portfolio, including key messages, achieving intended outcomes and informing the actions and progress during the multi-phased implementation.

Dr. Savage’s compassion for people is a result of his childhood. A native of Michigan, Dr. Savage was raised in Kalamazoo. Serving the public and helping others was deeply ingrained in his upbringing. His father was a teacher of the deaf and blind and actively demonstrated the compassion and hard work involved in helping others. His parents invested in a more economically challenged area and worked as a family to repair homes in order to make them available to rent. For Dr. Savage, working on properties in the summers and being aware of the financial struggles of tenants brought him, from a young age, a deep understanding of the issues facing families.

Currently, Dr. Savage works at MidMichigan Medical Center, where he serves as the Medical Director of the Family Practice Center. He is involved in leadership and ethics at his employer. He serves as Vice Chair of Privileging and Credentialing Committee, provides peer leadership support as a Physician Dyad, and is active in the system redesign incorporating the Quadruple Aim with a specific focus on provider wellness. More recent contributions have included pioneering leadership concerning the issue of provider burnout, system wellness reform, and enhancing provider resiliency.

Prior to his current position, he served as Chief of Staff within the hospital and was instrumental in graduate medical education in a variety of roles: he was the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and from 2013-2018 served as the inaugural Chair of the Ethics Committee. In 2002, he joined the faculty in Midland and was honored by the residents with the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. Rounding out his recognition within the MidMichigan Health System, he was the first physician ever to receive the Bernard E. Lorimer Award for outstanding lifetime achievement. Early in his career, Dr. Savage served as the primary architect of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, the model of care that is now the standard across the MidMichigan Health System.

He completed his medical doctorate training with High Honors from Wayne State University in 1999 and continued his training with a postdoctoral fellowship in faculty development from the University of Michigan in 2002. Dr. Savage’s higher education began at Brigham Young University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Dr. Savage and his wife Heather have lived in the Great Lakes Bay region since 1999 and are the proud parents to eight children. A man of deep faith and a former Bishop of the Midland Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dr. Savage has also been a long time volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and involved in many other community organizations.



Dallas Rau

Dallas Rau

THRIVE Executive Assistant

Dallas Rau is the Executive Assistant to the THRIVE Initiative, a co-led initiative between the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) and the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance to bring high-value impact & benefit to our community citizens, and other regional organizations and institutions.

In this role, Dallas provides high-quality administrative support to the initiative’s leadership team and helps to build capacity that aides in the fulfillment of the THRIVE mission for the THRIVE Portfolio implementation.

Before joining MiHIA, Dallas worked for SecureCom, a local security integration company, for just over 16 years.  Dallas was in charge of the day-to-day business operations as well as project and employee management.

Dallas is a native to the Great Lakes Bay Region and has been married to her husband for just over 13 years.  She and Jeremy have one child, a son, named Haven.  An alumni of Northwood University in Midland, Dallas graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BBA in Business Management.  Community involvement has always been very important to Dallas, who is a member of the Midland Noon Rotary Club where she also serves on the board.  Additionally, she volunteers with many other local organizations such as Salvation Army, Midland Public Schools, the Midland Lacrosse Club, and The Bridge, to name a few.

In her spare time, Dallas enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching her son participate in sports, riding ATV’s and snowmobiles, and playing volleyball.



THRIVE is inviting you to continue your engagement, ongoing involvement,
and communication regarding the delivery of improved health and sustained economic growth in the Great Lakes Bay Region